English journalist Gregg Evans has disclosed that Aston Villa have their eyes fixed on a new left-back ahead of the winter transfer window. According to him via the 1874 podcast, Matt Targett and Ashley Young are the onlyleft-back options at the club and that Young is not a long-term option at the age of 36.
Ex-England international Ashley Young returned to Aston Villa as a free agent at the start of this season on the back of his Inter Milan spell. The experienced fullback cum winger left the Premier League for the first time in his club career when he went to join Antonio Conte at Inter Milan.
Young left Manchester United to join Inter Milan for a fee believed to be around €1m during last year’s January transfer window. He was a regular in the Inter Milan squad as they won the league title in his first full season at the club under the watchful eyes of the aforementioned Conte.
Inter Milan opted not to renew his contract when it expired at the end of last season and his exit coincided with that of Conte. Inter Milan and Conte parted ways in the summer despite the fact that the Italian tactician had a year to run on his contract. He has since been appointed as the new Tottenham Hotspur manager.
For Young, he made his return to the Premier League this summer by signing for Villa as a free agent. However, he has not been able to cement a place in the starting XI. Since he returned to Villa this summer, Young has played seven times in all competitions, including six Premier League games. The other appearance came in the Carabao Cup. Young started the season in the starting line-up before he lost his place to fellow fullback Targett.